Allow me to introduce a new YA romance story, a Rock and Roll story from Ali Novak, The Heartbreakers, the first book in The Heartbreaker Chronicles. In addition, there is a note from the aiuthor, an excerpt from the book AND a giveaway where you could win a $100 iTunes Gift card for your own rock and roll mood music.
The first in a new series, Ali Novak’s The Heartbreakers is a rock and roll (pop star really) romance with a few twists: mostly the themes of family and friendship that build a solid backbone into each of the female characters.
Oh yes, there is insta-love, even if the relationship has several ups and downs, and there is plenty of angst and drama. It’s YA – that is a given. What I didn’t expect is despite Stella’s rather elitist view of the world, she was determined to do anything for her sister Cara, even subjecting herself to music and a band she cannot stand…just to see her sister smile.
See, Cara has cancer, and is terminal: despite that, she is the MOST upbeat and cheerful of the triplets. Yes, they are triplets, Stella, Cara and Drew, and this bond and interactions between the three becomes a solid character in itself: their scenes are wonderful and amusing, with a solid sense of family and support.
Now, despite the eyeroll worthy coincidences that form the background of the romance the story is actually quite engaging, with a surprisingly optimistic outlook. Cara is a wonderful character with a great personality despite her diagnosis, she wants to LIVE in the moment, and grab every bit of joy she can. With the focus on friendships, support and family, the story has multiple connections that wind together nicely, as both the actual family (Stella’s) and the band family all merge together in a wonderful example of support and caring.
With the insta-love, it takes some time to truly fall into the romance, and while I did enjoy Oliver and Stella as a couple, for me it was a far better story for the friendships and family ties. A great light summer read, perfect for an escape.
Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Series: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Published on: 4 August, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD... for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like...Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver—dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band—when her sister could be dying of cancer?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Message From the Author
Hello all you lovely readers!
First and foremost, I’d like to thank you for taking an interest in my latest YA novel The Heartbreakers. For those of you who don’t know, this story was originally posted on the online reading and writing platform Wattpad, and to date, the rough draft manuscript has been read more than 40 million times. I began working on this project in February of 2012, back when One Direction was starting to gain popularity in the United States. Fan fiction stories about 1D began popping up all over the website, so I decided to go against the grain and write a book about a fictional band instead of the real one, and that’s how the Heartbreakers were born!
The first band member I created was Oliver Perry, the lead singer. Like most successful, good-looking teen heartthrobs, he can be a bit cocky, but underneath all that confidence, he’s a HUGE softie. Next is JJ Morris, the band’s drummer. I enjoy writing goofball characters, and JJ fits that description to a T—he’s always cracking (oftentimes perverted) jokes. To balance out JJ’s outgoing personality, there’s Alec Williams. He’s the mysterious, reserved bass player for the group, and although he doesn’t talk much, he’s incredibly loyal. And last but not least, we have Xander Jones, who is lead guitarist for the Heartbreakers and everyone’s best friend.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my boys’ story!